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Tax Cut Referendum Bill Gets Pushback

| March 19, 2014

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to ask voters if they want to reduce government spending and taxes is getting a cool response from Democrats.

The proposal Maine’s Taxation Committee examined on Wednesday would have the state hold a referendum in June asking voters if they want to lower income tax rates, implement alternative taxes and reduce overall tax revenues and government spending by at least $100 million to “make Maine more economically competitive and improve the job creation environment.”

Democrats on the committee said voters have rejected several similar proposals. They also questioned what services and programs the state would have to cut to implement such a tax reduction.

But Republican Sen. Douglas Thomas said Democrats are using the same “scare tactics” always used whenever spending cuts are suggested.

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